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Booker T. Washington is one of 30 high schools in Virginia to benefit from a grant that focuses specifically on ninth-graders. Two schools in Norfolk, Booker T. Washington and Norview, are the fortunate recipients of a grant to the state from the National Governors Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The transition from middle to high school is a critical stage for many students who may be at risk of dropping out. Many students who don't pass the ninth-grade on the first try are more likely to give up. This program provides students with the extra support and attention they need to complete rigorous courses and be successful in high school.
Gov. Kaine told the audience of several local legislators, school board members, and school administrators that the intent of the grant program is not only to benefit students at Booker T. Washington High School, but also to gain valuable information that will benefit high schools in basically every corner of this nation.
While at the school, the Governor visited an English class and an Algebra I class. His last stop of the morning was to observe students in the exciting robotics lab. Needless to say, Governor Kaine was impressed with the quality of teaching and learning taking place at Booker T. Washington High School.